Questions tagged [character-creation]

Character creation (also: character generation or character design) is the process of making a character whose role the Player will assume. Character creation is about realizing the concept of the character within the options and rules of the RPG system.

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Can there be two high elves in Dungeons & Dragons? [closed]

I'm trying to make my own character sheet but I'm lost. One of the main characters is already a high elf; does that mean I can't be one?
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Can a Tiefling Subrace be Feral?

Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes offers the option to select a different heritage for a Tiefling by replacing the default Ability Score Increase with its own (as well as by replacing the Infernal Legacy ...
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How can I discourage a player from making the same character if their current one dies?

This was inspired by this question: Should I allow players to recreate the exact same character if they die? Whilst it was closed as too subjective (because it asks whether one should want to do this)...
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Should I allow players to recreate the exact same character if they die? [closed]

I'm a fairly new DM playing the 5e Starter Set campaign, Lost Mine of Phandelver, with a completely new group of 3 players. I know the players well and like most players they're attached to their ...
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How should I go about making a Pathfinder 3.5 Drow Sorcerer? [closed]

This is probably an odd question but here goes. I’m going to be joining a home-brew campaign for Pathfinder 3.5 which from what I’ve been told about this campaign by the DM it’s going to follow the ...
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What's the closest RAW build possible to the Gray Mouser in 5e?

I am of course referring to the legendary figure of Fritz Lieber's Lankhmar series (one of the things Gary Gygax said was his inspiration to invent D&D). I am assuming this character is so off-...
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Can Pun-Pun be created using the rules as written?

Pun-Pun is a theory-crafted kobold developed in an attempt to have the most powerful character possible at the lowest level possible. While I'm sure not many DMs would allow Pun-Pun as a PC, can such ...
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I'm a new DM and one of my players is abusing Min/Max. I'm looking for advice on how to deal with this fairly [closed]

The player built a human "dex" barbarian, with Dex and Con the top two attribute scores to maximize the unarmored defense bonus (AC 17 at level 1) and take half damage when raging. He wields a rapier ...
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What scores do I assign to concentrations in Deadlands Classic?

The Deadlands Classic rulebook says that if an aptitude lists concentrations then you must choose one, and that for 3 points you can choose an additional concentration. The sample character given ...
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Is the pregenerated dragonborn sorcerer's Charisma saving throw bonus wrong?

When looking at the Dragonborn Sorcerer's pre-generated character sheet, the character's Charisma saving throws seem to be wrong. For the level 1, 2, 3 and 4 sheets, I think it should be +5 instead of ...
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What variant rules are there on “overstacking” base saves for multiclass characters?

I am planning a character with a lot of different character classes mixed in mostly to have a lot of useful, flavory low level feats and a broad selection of skills. What bothers me is that the base ...
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How can I un-reveal a character's secret? [closed]

My gaming group just started a new RPG campaign, set in futuristic space using Modern Age 0.991 rules. Our campaigns have typically lasted 1-2 years each, so serious thought goes into each of my ...
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Are there viable crossbow-using builds without Crossbow Expert?

I like crossbows as a concept. There's just something about the loading and the aiming and the thunk. What I don't like as much are rapid-firing automatic crossbows or the kind of machinegunning that ...
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Should a player be allowed to keep a character they used for part of a campaign a year ago?

I have an interesting predicament. One player just entered my campaign after claiming that a year ago, he had leveled this character up to level 2. It's not that bad, but wait. He also claimed that he ...
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Is it possible for a tiefling warlock to cast Augury when they are first level?

I have started running D&D 5e just now, so I do not have an encyclopedic knowledge of character creation options. We played a first session, with half character generation and half low-key play. ...
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How can a Forge Cleric obtain proficiency with swords at first level?

I am about to start a campaign of D&D 5th edition. I have a character in mind, a blacksmith with a thing for swords, who became a cleric worshiping a sword god. Mechanically this translates to a ...
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If I have Charm of Wisdom and Lore of Escape, do I add my Wisdom modifier twice to Bluff checks?

In the character generation process for the Inquisitor class, I was faced with a question, the answer to which I'm not entirely sure. I used Conversion Inquisition, which grants me: Charm of ...
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Can I choose a skill that the person on my left already has, during character creation in Paranoia Red Clearance Edition?

In 2016 Paranoia during character creation player on my left gets the exact opposite of what I choose. If I write +4 in Throw, she gets -4. I cannot choose a skill I got negative modifier previously ...
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What is the importance of Handedness?

The Basic Role Playing system by Chaosium requires a player to specify their character's handedness: Handedness: Is the character right- or left-handed? Pick one—there are no game system ...
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When gaining a new skill through a connection, do players gain it at level 1 or 0?

Gaining one level in any skill seems to fall outside the standard "Skills can be listed with or without an associated level. If no rank is listed, then you gain that skill at Level 1 if you do not ...
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How can I avoid problems that arise from rolling ability scores?

Rolling ability scores is a time-honored tradition across many editions of D&D. However, it can sometimes cause problems for players and/or the DM. For example, one player character may end up ...
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Role-playing and being “stuck” with an archetype? [closed]

I never played the "board" D&D games; my experience is limited to what is available via "classic" PC games. But I'd like to try D&D with the real players in real life at the board with the ...
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Are there any rules covering selfmade gear as starting equipment on higher levels?

Let's say that a player creates a 6th level character with maximum possible ranks in craft (armorsmithing) . They want to start with selfmade full plate armor. Should they still cover the full price ...
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Complication: Clone of an Evil-Doer

We have a player that wants to be the good-aligned clone of Mina Kosmova, the Cosmic Mind. I'm trying to work with the player and so far, we've come up with nothing. What sort of sample complications ...
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Are racial stat bonuses every level or just once at creation?

Me and a few of my group members came to a disagreement about when racial stat bonuses apply. I believe that your racial ability score increases are only applied once at character creation. However, ...
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In Traveller, what's my starting equipment?

I'm just starting a game in Traveller and we spent our first session rolling up characters, it's the first time playing this game for all of us, Referee included. It all went pretty well, slow cause ...
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When a character dies, what level is their replacement?

A party adventures for some time and the player characters eventually advance several times in level, say, to level 5. Unfortunately, one of the player characters is then killed, and either cannot be ...
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Help with a Metal Oracle build

This is my first well planned RPG session; that's why I'm a little overwhelmed. I need some help with building a functioning Oracle. Our game is using custom rules, including randomly assigned ...
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WotC Pre-rolled Level 1 Bard Character - Can't get it right in D&D Beyond

I'm trying to build the nifty 5E Half-elf Bard in D&D Beyond as shared on WotC's set of pregen character sheets. However, I just can't seem to get the ability score values and the skill values to ...
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Creating a Character that uses Weapons larger than its Size Category, other than playing Bugbear

I played a campaign where one of the casters was able to make his weapon to hit as if it is two sizes bigger than it really is using some spell so I wanted to create non-caster who will be able to do ...
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Can a cleric wield a shield and spear?

I'm looking for a way to get out of the typical classic "warhammer/shield cleric" and just want to swap it with spear/shield. What I mean is a spear in my right hand and shield in the left, pretty ...
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Is allowing someone who selects the Mutant racial descriptor to pick their mutations unbalanced?

I have a player who wants to play a mutant character, but instead of rolling for their mutations they would like to instead select them from the tables. Would allowing selection of mutations, ...
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How much money do I get if I start with the default equipment?

My first time playing D&D. I’m starting with the default equipment my class gives me (I’m a rogue), so my question is: how much money would I have? I know I can roll 4d4 and buy the equipment and ...
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Is it beneficial to trade a skill for better saving throws for a spell-less Ranger? [closed]

I'm working on a new character, which will be a spell-less ranger. In this case, I'm multiclassing a Rogue / Ranger, with a preference for melee (over ranged). For the sake of this question, assume ...
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What are the mechanical and role-playing advantages of playing a human?

I'm a DM for a bunch of new players who are going through the Lost Mines of Phandelver starter set with the pre-generated characters. This campaign will be over fairly soon and I need to get the group ...
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How viable is this Support Dex-based Barbarian?

Based, essentially, on Can a support combat style be effective without magic?, I was thinking on a Dex-based Barbarian (at least for the low levels) using Ancestral Guardian. The fundamental concept ...
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Monster Character Creation? [closed]

I was planning on creating some characters as DM for our next adventure because we ran out of our current ones. I asked the players about their preferred character, race, profession, backstory, etc to ...
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Is the FastCharacter website incorrectly calculating HP for my Sorcerer?

Based on my current knowledge, a Sorcerer with 14 Constitution (assuming you did HP averages) would start with: Level 1: 6+2 = 8 hp Level 6: 8+5x(4+2) = 38 hp But on fastcharacter.com ...
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A player is unhappy that people are playing the same class. Did I do something wrong?

How do I deal with people choosing the same class? Can people do it? I have one player who doesn’t think so and is really unhappy about it and is telling me I have to figure out why they should care ...
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D&D 5e, Looking for thoughts and suggestions on a character build and backstory I'm looking to make [closed]

Concept - I was looking for inspiration on a character I'd like to play and while watching The Grudge with my girlfriend the other night, I thought of a character concept based around Kayako's skill ...
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Do you get to choose your skill proficiencies or are they decided based on your race/class?

A friend of mine had told us that you don't really get to choose your skills when you see "choose from" x number of skills (e.g. Stealth, Acrobatics, Intimidation), she said that "each class and race ...
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How would a Telepath be able to tell that they're not going crazy? [closed]

It's the Psychic player again. She asked me a pretty good question to better roleplay the character. Her character has been able to read people's minds since early adulthood. As soon as she said this, ...
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Where do I put my focus on my character sheet?

I'm making my first character for a World of Darkness (20th anniversary) campaign and right after backgrounds, I've gotten to a step where it says "Define Focus (paradigm, practice, instruments)" ...
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A Maker's/Goetic's starting general spell in Invisible Sun

The order description for the Maker and Goetic grants a “general spell that [the character] has enough Sorcery to cast,” but it's not really clear what that means. Does that equate to spell level, or ...
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Is it possible to get Extra Attack or equivalent without taking at least 5 levels in a class?

I am planning a Forge Domain Cleric character and think Extra Attack would suit them, but it seems as though multiclassing is the only way that would be possible, given that Forge Domain Clerics don't ...
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How do I build a Capoeira Dancer?

I started to play with the Pathfinder Bard. Now, I would like to build a Capoeira Dancer. An example of capoeira. Goals and Requirements I would like this character to be good at dancing. Able to ...
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Can I build a character based on modern technology?

I would like to make a character that carries a walkman and headphones like Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy. Is there any way to insert modern day technology like this according to the rules? ...
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How to price “Lifting ST” with a “Payload Only” limiter?

Designing a vehicle ally for a super, it has the payload advantage. But I want to buy "Lifting ST" limited to its payload only. How much (-NN%) would be a "Payload Only" limiter on Lifting ST? I am ...
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Where do I find a PC’s hit dice?

I am relatively new to D&D. I've been playing a character in 3/3.5e and have been playing with others in 5e. The latter have basically been guiding me in how to build a character. I've read ...
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How do we make this pair of telepathically linked characters? [closed]

I'm about to DM a new campaign using the DnD 5e ruleset and one of my players has created a character with an interesting circumstance that will likely warrant some creative application of the DnD 5e ...